Mercy Brown, an 18 year-old weightlifter who has represented England in the Commonwealth Games, has been crowned Canary Wharf Sports Personality of the Year.
Brown, who hopes to be a contender at the Rio Olympics next year, said: “I’ve been weightlifting professionally for three years now. It all started with the physical activity class whilst doing my GCSE’s and has since grown into the professional activity.”
In November, Mercy broke three British Records at the IWC Senior World Championships in snatch, clean and jerk and overall, in not only her under–20 category but also the under–23 and seniors categories for 75kg and +75kg of weight. She is also the proud holder of 30 national records and is on the UK Sport World Class Potential Program.
The fourteenth annual award ceremony, attended by over 300 local sportsmen, took place on the 6th of February 2015. Every year it encourages sporting excellence and participation in Tower Hamlets.
Tower Hamlets Speaker of the Council Abdul Mukit MBE, the Deputy Mayor Councillor Oliu Rahman and managing Director of Dagenham and RedbrigdeFC Stephen Thrompson were all present.
Other nominations included Junior Team of the Year, Senior team of the year and Group Achievement Award.
Canary Wharf Group’s Head of Community Affairs, Zakir Khan said: “These awards aim to give well-deserved recognition to the achievements of local people in their chosen sports.”
“We have known Mercy for a number of years and it’s wonderful to have been able to chart her development into a professional athlete with promising prospects for the 2016 Olympics. Some of our previous winners have gone onto represent their country in their chosen sport and we hope Mercy will continue to do the same.”